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>>> japan in crisis. high levels of radiation are escaping from a crippled nuclear power plant following another explosion and fire. japanese officials say the radiation is high enough to make humans sick. they're desperately pumping sea water into the reactors in a last ditch effort to overt disaster. meanwhile the scope of the devastation becomes more apparent as the death toll rises. this is the "cbs morning news" rises. this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, march 15th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. this morning the nuclear crisis triggered by last friday's massive earthquake is quickly getting worse. this morning there was an explosion at a third reactor at the fukushima daiichi power plant. it came after a fourth unit caught fire. that fire was extinguished. the levels were, quote, very high and now poses a threat to human health and there is a high risk that more radiation will escape. residents within 19 miles of the plant have been told to stay indoors. high than normal radiation levels have been detec
for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. the united states will begin evacuating americans out of japan amid growing concern over the nuclear plant crisis. here's the latest. japanese military helicopters have begun dumping water on the crippled power plant to try to cool overheated nuclear fuel. engineers are trying to install a new power line so they can restore power to the plant's cooling system. a top u.s. nuclear official says he believes radiation levels at the plant are extremely high, and will soon be deadly. the obama administration has urged the evacuation of all americans from a 50-mile radius of the fukushima daiichi plant. now, charter planes will be brought in to help those wanting to leave the country. charlie d'agata is in yoshida, japan, with more on this. good morning, charlie. tell us the latest where you are. >> good morning to you, betty. well, you may be wondering where i am. we've been trying to make our way to the quake zone. the japanese military has taken over all the highways. obviously we're trying to steer clear of the nuclear power plant. we had to cut through the moun
, everybody, and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. this morning, the situation at japan's crippled fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant has gone from critical to desperate. the plant has suffered severe damage and so far, efforts to gain control have failed. here's the latest. a surge in radiation levels forced the remaining workers at the plant to temporarily withdraw. early this morning, a second fire broke out at reactor number four. this one may involve the outer shell of the containment building. and japanese officials also say the outer containment building of another reactor may have been compromised. charlie d'agata is in takasaki japan with more this morning. he joins us. good morning, charlie, what's the latest there? >> good morning to you, betty. the latest is, thankfully, the fire is out, and the plant's operators said they've been able to stabilize the temperature and the pressure in that critical unit. the reactor has gone -- at the same time the japanese government said it's now time to ask the military for help. efforts to prevent a full-blown nuclear disaster suf
>>> disaster in japan. efforts to control that crippled nuclear power plant have failed. officials admit burying the reactors in cement may be the only option left. as japan remembers the devastating quake and tsunami that hit one week ago today, changing their country forever. >>> and the battle for libya. the u.n. security council gives the okay for international military action against moammar gadhafi's forces. military action against moammar gadhafi's forces. but is it too little, too late? captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. the nuclear crisis in japan moves into its second week. and this morning, the head of the u.n.'s nuclear energy agency says japan is racing against the clock. here's the latest. engineers hope to reconnect electricity to at least two of the reactors at the fukushima daiichi power plant sometime today. but, it is unclear if any of the cooling systems will work. smoke is rising from reactor number 2, but officials don't know why. fire trucks are now being used to spray water on the plant, and att
>>> disaster in japan. the crisis from friday's catastrophic earthquake and the tsunami that followed gets worse and worse. the death toll is surging. engineers are battling an expanding nuclear crisis that has forced the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people. the japanese armed forces are aiding in the search for thousands of missing. millions are without power or heat. and food and water are in short heat. and food and water are in short supply. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everyone, on a very busy monday. i'm terrell brown in for betty nguyen. three days after the fact the earthquake disaster in japan continues to snowball. the death toll from the nuclear and humanitarian crisis all growing this morning. here's the latest. it's now estimated that at least 10,000 people were killed by friday's massive quake and the tsunami that followed. tens of thousands are missing. early this morning, there was another explosion at a nuclear plant 150 miles north of tokyo. and a third reactor is in jeopardy after losing its cooling capabilities. some radiation has leaked
>>> breaking news. a monster earthquake rocks japan overnight, touching off a massive tsunami that wiped out vast areas. tsunami warnings have been issued for most of the pacific, including hawaii. the earthquake triggered fires that are burning out of control along japan's east coast. transportation is disrupted, and emergency crews are being mobilized as officials only emergency crews are being mobilized as officials only begin to count the casualties. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. a monster earthquake struck japan this morning, triggering a devastating tsunami that swamped a wide patch of the japanese coastline, causing widespread damage, and some major damage, as well. the 8.9 magnitude quake was centered off the northeast japan coastline, about 240 miles northeast of tokyo. it is the biggest quake to hit japan in 140 years. the pictures, they are stunning. take a look. you can see the fires that are still burning at this hour. also, a 13-foot tsunami wave rolled inland, sweeping away everything in its pa
in chile the president travels to el salvador. >>> to japan now. this morning workers are evacuated, or were evacuated from the tsunami stricken fukushima daiichi nuclear plant and smoke was seen rising from one of the reactors. there's been a dramatic jump in the estimated death toll from that massive earthquake and tsunami eleven days ago. police now estimate more than 18,000 people were killed. charlie d'agata has the story. >> reporter: beneath this pile of rubble a much-needed sign of hope. crews pulled an 80-year-old woman and her teenage grandson out alive, nine days after japan's earthquake and tsunami destroyed their home. reports say the two had been trapped in their kitchen, and survived by eating yogurt and other food found in the refrigerator. the dramatic rescue provided a rare bit of good news for a nation reeling from its worst disaster since world war ii. positive developments also emerged from the fukushima nuclear power plant, where engineers are racing to prevent a full-blown meltdown. two of the facility's six reactors are now under control. and crews plan to so
its highest level in two weeks. while the nasdaq gained 14. >>> the disaster in japan is forcing toyota to slow its production here in the u.s. the world's biggest automaker told employees and dealers wednesday that due to supply disruptions from asia, it expects to halt production at some u.s. factories. the company did not indicate the size or pace of the slowdown, but it is expected to be somewhat limited since most toyotas made in this country use parts made in america. >>> new worries this morning about the housing market, after sales of new homes fell to the lowest on record. sales fell 17% in february, the third straight monthly decline. and the worst since they started keeping records 50 years ago. the median home sale price fell to $202,000. in response, many builders are cutting their prices and building less expensive homes. >>> united and continental airlines are finally rolling out in-flight wi-fi. they are the last major carriers to offer the service to most of their passengers. the two airlines merged last year. 95 live tv stations will also be available. >>> and b
personnel threatened by radiation in japan as the first american victim of the tragedy is found. >>> and medical marvel. a texas man gets the first full facial transplant in the u.s. this is the "cbs morning news" facial transplant in the u.s. this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, march 22nd, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. this morning allied forces are working to expand the no fly zone over libya. overnight tripoli was targeted for the third day in a row and there is growing discord among the allies and here in this country over the u.s. role. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. >> reporter: several days of attacks on libya are having their intended effect according to u.s. officials, even so, more in congress are questioning the president's decisions. anti-aircraft fire erupted in tripoli overnight as moammar gadhafi's forces battled a fresh round of air strikes. u.s. officials say days of attacks on the regime's ground troops are working and coalition forces are ready to expand the u.n.'s no fly zone t
in libya, as rebel forces continue gaining ground. >>> radiation risk. levels at japan's crippled nuclear power plant reach record highs. and traces of radiation show up in massachusetts' rain water. >>> and if the slipper fits. virginia commonwealth university makes a stunning cinderella run virginia commonwealth university makes a stunning cinderella run to the final four. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody, good to see you on this monday. i'm terrell brown in for betty nguyen. we begin in libya this morning, under an umbrella of international air strikes, rebel forces are moving west this morning towards the capital of tripoli. allied air raids targeted moammar gadhafi's hometown sirte. there are unconfirmed reports that the city has fallen into rebel hands. earlier, rebel forces resigned control of two key oil ports, ras lanuf and brega. nato is assuming command of all aerial operations in libya from the u.s. and tonight president obama will address the nation to discuss the u.s. mission in libya. joel brown is in washington with more. joel, good morning to you. >> t
andrews, cbs news, washington. >>> now to japan. the united states became the first nation to block the import of dairy products and produce from the areas surrounding the crippled nuclear power plant. japanese foods make up less than 4% of all u.s. imports. and it is unclear how much of that comes from the fukushima area. the fda says it expects no radiation risk to the u.s. food supply. >>> officials in tokyo say infants should not be given tap water. radioactive iodine in tokyo's tap water is twice the recommended limit for infants. and another earthquake hit northern japan this morning. workers at one of the fukushima reactors had to be pulled out because of a radiation spike. the japanese government says the cost of the earthquake and tsunami could reach $309 billion. charlie d'agata has more. >> reporter: electricity has been restored to the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant, but workers have to check all the equipment for damage before switching on the cooling systems. that process could take days or even weeks. and, there's the continued concern of radiation leaks. >> th
militants. >>> in japan, three workers were exposed to radiation at the crippled nuclear power plant. two of them were injured while installing electrical wires, and were taken to hospitals for treatment. meanwhile, japanese officials say radiation levels in tokyo and its water supply have returned to safe levels. but remain high in two nearby neighborhoods. the number of estimated dead and missing from the quake and tsunami is now over 25,000. >>> movie icon elizabeth taylor will be buried later this week. taylor died yesterday. she's being remembered as much for the life she led off the screen, as she is for her academy award-winning movie career. kendis gibson reports. >> and i'm not going to say good-bye to you. >> reporter: the world did have to say good-bye to elizabeth taylor wednesday. at her star on the hollywood walk of fame, violet flowers to match her violet eyes that helped catapult her to fame. >> the world's going to miss liz. my world stopped today and i know everybody who loved her and worked with her and had the privilege, of being in her space is going to feel sad for a
>>> nuclear crisis. breaking news overnight. the possible breach of a reactor in japan raises the possibility of more severe radioactive contamination. >>> fire and floods. high waters wreak havoc in california, while colorado fire crews battle wind-driven wildfires. >>> and bracket busters. march madness lives up to its name. as the sweet 16 kicks off with name. as the sweet 16 kicks off with some major upsets. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. this morning we are learning more about the extent of the damage at japan's fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant, and the news is not good. japanese nuclear safety officials say the core of one of the reactors may have been breached. but it appears to be limited. now if that is true, uncontrolled quantities of radioactivity could have been released into the surrounding air and ground. the reactor in question is number 3. on march 14th, a powerful hydrogen explosion damaged the outer containment building. the reactor holds 170 tons of radioactive fuel in its core. work ha
, considering the nuclear crisis in japan. the milk sample was taken from the spokane area, and the amount was 5,000 times below the level of concern. >>> however, radiation levels near the fukushima nuclear power plant continue to rise. a u.n. agency says it found very high levels of radiation 25 miles from the plant, and japanese officials are considering widening the evacuation zone. radiation in sea water near fukushima is how more than 4,300 times the legal limit. >>> later this week, ohio's governor john kasich is expected to sign into law a bill that severely restricts union rights. the ohio legislature passed the measure yesterday, following contentious debate and much protest. the measure affects the collective bargaining rights of 350,000 ohio public employees. it allows unions to negotiate wages, but not healthcare, sick time or pension benefits. and unlike a similar law in wisconsin, the restrictions include police and firefighters. >>> also in ohio, spring was interrupted with some winter weather. parts of the state experienced near blizzard conditions yesterday, and that made trave
, and elsewhere, yesterday. >>> in japan, radiation levels at the crippled nuclear power plant continue to rise. sea water outside the plant contains more than 3,000 times the usual amount of radiation. the highest rate yet detected. government officials admit there is no end in sight for this crisis, and today japan upgraded its safety standards for nuclear power plants. tomorrow, french president nicolas sarkozy is due to visit tokyo. he is the first foreign leader in japan since the march 11th quake. >>> the president of the utility company that owns the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant has been hospitalized. he's being treated for high blood pressure and dizziness. he hasn't been seen in public for nearly two weeks. >>> also this morning, powerful and potentially dangerous storms are moving throughout the southeast. the weather system is producing heavy downpours. up to two inches an hour. flood watches are being posted in mississippi, and alabama. the storm produced strong winds, and possible tornado, and damaging hail as it moved through louisiana. >> never experienced hail like that
. this year, it starts on march 26th. >> now the nearly 100-year-old trees, they were a gift from japan in 1912 and yesterday, the national park service released when the nearly 100- year-old gifts from japan will reach peak bloom. lesli foster has the details. >> the cherries are not reliable, they don't cooperate, i'm sorry. i said it before, i'll say it again. they're the oldest, most reliable living things in our capital. >> reporter: rob predicts march 29th through april 3rd will be when you may be able to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. this is his 20th year making the peak prediction. >> each year, over one million people attend the national cherry blossom festival. they come to the event and they see the blossoms. >> reporter: over 30 organizations participate in the cherry blossom festival, a tradition in d. c. after japan gave the trees as a gift 99 years ago. >> this first of all is very important because this leads to next year's centennial. >> reporter: highlights include the largest japanese cultural festival in the nation. >> a new feature this year, the science pa
of the most dangerous substances on earth, has been found in five places around the facility. meanwhile japan's prime minister faced some tough questions in parliament. opposition leaders demanded to know why the prime minister did not extend the evacuation zone around the plant and questioned his leadership. lucy craft has more. >> reporter: officials insist the plutonium does not pose a health threat. in fact, some of it is decades old residue from nuclear weapons testing. the latest setbacks are fueling a collapse of confidence in the government's handling of the nuclear crisis, a scenario familiar to dr. robert gale, a leading authority on radiation accidents. >> i think that people, they don't necessarily trust -- they certainly don't trust people from the company. they know that people from the government are really just reading out data that they're given. it's not reasonable to expect a politician to have a fundamental understanding. >> reporter: which is why gale is calling for a panel of experts to help citizens make sense of what's going on. at chernobyl, the only significant sourc
markets were -- saw a second day of gains. japan's nikkei added more than 1% while hong kong's hang seng also rose more than 1%. and oil keeps gushing. this morning the cost for a barrel of crude hovered near $103. >>> today, besides the jobs report wall street gets the very latest on factory orders. on thursday, stocks saw their biggest gains of the year. the dow shot up 191 points. a 1.5% jump. while the nasdaq tacked on about 50. >>> the sky is the limit for airfares. thursday delta kicked off a new round of ticket hikes with a $20 increase for some domestic flights. american added 10 bucks but applied it to all trips. united, continental and us airways quickly matched. this is the sixth time they've raised fares this month. all blame it on rising fuel costs. >>> the price is going up at the pump, as well. gas prices, which were already the highest ever for early march jumped another four cents on thursday. according to aaa the national average is $3.43 for a gallon of regular. americans are now paying 30 cents more for a gallon than they were before the crisis in libya began. >>> chr
edged higher for a second straight day. japan's nikkei added more than half a percent while hong kong's hang seng also finished higher. oil prices remain near $104 a barrel. >>> today, wall street gets the very latest on trade. on tuesday stocks rallied with big banks leading the charge. the dow jumped 124 points, while the nasdaq gained 20. >>> small investors have jumped squarely back into the market. new data shows since the beginning of the year investors have poured more than $24 billion into mutual funds. that reversed the trend from the year before, which saw small investors pulling $96 billion out of the market. >>> one major investor thinks now is not a good time to be in stocks. billionaire carl icahn is returning all the money that outside investors have put into his hedge fund. in a letter to partners, he says he is concerned about another market crisis, especially given the current bull run on wall street. stocks have nearly doubled since hitting 12-year lows just two years ago. >>> facebook is breaking into the movie business. the social networking site has signed a deal
prices rose near $105 a barrel. japan's nikkei tumbled 1.5% to a five-week low, while hong kong's hang seng fell nearly 1%. today wall street gets the very latest look on the weekly jobless claim numbers. on wednesday stocks closed slightly lower. the dow lost just one point while the nasdaq gave back 14. >>> foreclosure notices dropped to a three-year low last month. but, experts caution most of that drop is because lenders put a temporary stop on some home seizures due to allegations they were cutting corners with paperwork. still, nearly 65,000 homes were repossessed last month. analysts expect the foreclosure crisis to peak later on this year. >>> the average household can expect to spend $700 more on gas this year than they did last. the energy department bases their estimate on an annual pump price of $3.61 a gallon. and says the annual cost will average more than $3,200 for a household. the agency expects gas to average $3.71 during the summer peak driving season. it says there's a 25% chance it will top $4 a gallon. >>> and the rich get richer once again. mexican tycoon carlos
saw a sell-off amid worries about high oil prices. japan's nikkei lost more than 1.5% while hong kong's hang seng dropped nearly half a percent. >>> today, wall street gets the latest conconsumer credit. last week turmoil in the oil markets overshadowed good news on jobs. the dow gained 3% while the nasdaq was up a fraction. >>> the recent run-up on wall street has some concerned we could be looking at a bubble in stock prices. the s&p 500 is on its fastest climb in decades, and has doubled in less than two years. some analysts are suspicious stocks are way overpriced and that the bottom could fall out, but others argue the fundamentals of the market do not show that danger. >>> salmonella concerns have prompted a recall of skippy peanut butter. it affects only the reduced fat creamy and reduced fat super chunk spread sold in 16 states. no illnesses have been reported yet. but health authorities are concerned the product may be contaminated. >>> at the movies, "rango" lassoed the top spot. the animated family flick featuring johnny depp as a sheriff in the wild west took in $38 millio
. both asian markets saw gains today. japan's nikkei index climbed 1% while hong kong's hang seng also edged higher, and the price of oil fell just a bit with a barrel of crude now at $101 a barrel. today, wall street gets the very latest on retail sales, and a look at the weekly jobless claim numbers. on wednesday, stocks finished higher. the dow edged up almost 9 points. while the nasdaq gained 10. >>> ahead of tomorrow's jobs report from the government, there is some good news on the labor front. payroll processor adp reports that private companies added 217,000 jobs last month. more than the 180,000 analysts were expecting. that raises hope that tomorrow's report could show a decline in the unemployment rate, currently standing at 9%. >>> some wall street executives may have to wait for that big bonus check. the sec has voted to back a proposed rule that would make executives at top firms wait at least three years to be paid at least half their annual bonus. the rule is meant to reduce excessive risk taking. >>> ford has announced a new recall. more than 30,000 vehicles are affecte
days. japan's nikki lost nearly 2.5% while hong kong's hang seng shed nearly 1.5%. today wall street hears more from ben bernanke on capitol hill. yesterday the fed chief warned rising oil prices could derail the economic recovery and keep unemployment high. this morning the price for crude topped $100 a barrel in asia. those concerns weighed heavily on stocks tuesday. the dow plunged 168 points while the nasdaq lost nearly 45. >>> southwest says things should go better today than they did yesterday. last night a communications glitch at ticket counters and gates caused hundreds of flight delays across the country. no flights were canceled. southwest says the problem has been fixed. >>> meanwhile, bank of america suffered a computer glitch of its own. online customers had trouble accessing their accounts tuesday. after a system upgrade knocked the bank's website offline. it was the second such outage for the company in two months. b of a says no customer information was compromised. >>> february was a good month for automakers, as american started to return to car show rooms. gm sale
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